Mottingham railway station

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Mottingham National Rail
Mottingham station building.JPG
Mottingham is located in Greater London
Location of Mottingham in Greater London
Location Eltham
Local authority Royal Borough of Greenwich
Managed by Southeastern
Station code MTG
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05 Increase 0.898 million[2]
2005–06 Increase 0.917 million[2]
2006–07 Increase 1.138 million[2]
2007–08 Increase 1.215 million[2]
2008–09 Decrease 1.154 million[2]
2009–10 Decrease 1.108 million[2]
2010–11 Increase 1.120 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 1.128 million[2]
2012–13 Decrease 1.102 million[2]
Key dates
1 September 1866 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°26′24″N 0°03′01″E / 51.4401°N 0.0504°E / 51.4401; 0.0504
Platform view (1991)

Mottingham railway station is a suburban station situated on Court Road between Eltham and Mottingham, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, south-east London. The station is located in Travelcard Zone 4, on the Dartford Loop Line between Lee and New Eltham. The station is operated by Southeastern.


The station was first opened by the South Eastern Railway in 1866 as Eltham. In 1892 it was renamed Eltham & Mottingham. In 1927 it became Mottingham.

The goods yard on the down side to the west of the platforms included a large coal office. A footbridge linking the two platforms was opened in the 1890s. Half a dozen sidings used for rolling stock were built around 1900 on the down side opposite the goods yard.

A three-storey high substation was built next to the station when the Dartford Loop Line was electrified in 1926. The substation was demolished in 1957 later to be replaced by more powerful substations at New Eltham and Hither Green.

On 19 March 1946 the station was the location of a fatal accident when an electric passenger train collided with a stationary light engine that was waiting to move into the sidings. The driver of the passenger train was killed and 13 passengers injured.[3]

In 1955 the platforms were lengthened to take ten carriage trains. The goods yard closed and five of the six rolling stock sidings were decommissioned in 1968. The signal box closed the following year. In 1992 the platforms were lengthened again and in 2012 the platforms are again being extended to take twelve carriage trains.

The up side ticket office has a mixture of structures, the white clapboard dating from the original station of 1866, with brown brick construction of 1957 and sliding doors installed in 1988.[4]


Mottingham Station is situated in the town of Mottingham close to the junction of Court Road and the A20 Sidcup bypass. The A20 road outside is a popular hitchiking spot to Dover.[5]

The station is served by London bus routes 124, 126, 161, 624.[6]


The station has two platforms. Platform 1 the up platform for westbound services to London and Platform 2 the down platform for eastbound services to Kent. A ticket hall is situated on the up side but the station has no ticket gates. There is step free access to both platforms.

The station has a 177 space car park operated by Meteor Parking on behalf of Southeastern.[7]


All trains from Mottingham are operated by Southeastern, who also manage the station.

The Monday to Friday and Saturday daytime off peak service is:

In the evening and on Sundays there is a half hourly service to London Charing Cross.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Lee   Southeastern
Dartford Loop Line
  New Eltham


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